Matthew O’Regan

St John’s Chambers (Bristol)
Barrister

Matthew, a former Solicitor, is a specialist competition and regulatory lawyer. He was Called to the Bar and joined St John’s Chambers in 2015, having previously been a Partner in the Competition Group of Burges Salmon LLP. He has a strong international perspective, having practised for over a decade in the Brussels office of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. Matthew has a broad-based practice, with extensive experience in all aspects of competition law, EU law, State aid, public procurement and economic regulation, including competition disputes, regulatory investigations, transactional matters and advisory work. He combines his technical expertise and experience to provide pragmatic, commercially-focused and solution-oriented strategic advice and representation. Matthew acts as an advocate in competition-related proceedings (including disputes, appeals and judicial reviews) in the UK and EU courts. He also represents and advises clients in all types of competition and regulatory investigations including in cartel, dominance and other investigations by the Competition and Markets Authority, other UK regulatory authorities and the European Commission. He also advises clients on UK, EU and international merger control proceedings; the application of the State aid and procurement rules; and the application of competition law to a wide range of transactions, commercial agreements and business practices. He has broad sector experience, advising clients from numerous sectors, including: oil and gas, energy, nuclear, transport, airports and aviation, aerospace and defence, chemicals, TMT, financial services, consumer and sports goods, food and drink, aluminium, mining and natural resources, packaging, sport and private equity. Matthew accepts instructions from solicitors, overseas lawyers and in-house legal departments on all types of matters. He also assists solicitors firms, whether by providing an additional resource to those with established competition practices or by assisting those firms without their own competition law capability. Matthew speaks frequently at seminars and conferences and also writes widely on all aspects of competition and regulatory law. He is also a contributor to the Kluwer Competition Law Blog.

Articles

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Matthew O’Regan The UK High Court explains to companies that the only way to challenge an infringement of the Competition Act is an appeal to the CAT and that it has to be made within the applicable time limit (Gallaher, Lindum)

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United Kingdom: Competition appeals – speak now or forever hold your peace?* It is not uncommon, where a multi-party infringement of competition law has been established and sanctioned by a competition authority for some, but not all, of the addressees of the authority’s decision to appeal that (...)

Matthew O’Regan The EU Court of Justice provides further clarity on when an agreement has the object of restricting competition (Groupement des cartes bancaires)

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Restrictions by object: duck and elephant hunting with the Court of Justice* Inductive reasoning is sometimes explained by using either the ‘duck test’ (“if it looks like a duck, swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck”) or the ‘elephant test’ (“it is difficult to (...)

Matthew O’Regan The EU Parliament brings forward legislation to reform civil litigation procedures to facilitate follow-on damages actions in competition cases by remedying the difficulties faced by claimants

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Changes to the private litigation regime in the UK: are more collective damages actions on the way?* Private damages litigation is an important complement to public enforcement of UK and EU competition law by the European Commission and national competition authorities (“NCAs”), such as the UK’s (...)

Matthew O’Regan The UK House of Commons amends the proposed bill on consumer rights which brings forward a reform of the civil litigation procedures as to facilitate follow-on damages actions in competition cases

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Changes to the private litigation regime in the UK: are more collective damages actions on the way?* Private damages litigation is an important complement to public enforcement of UK and EU competition law by the European Commission and national competition authorities (“NCAs”), such as the UK’s (...)

Matthew O’Regan The England and Wales Court of Appeal refuses interim injunction against alleged refusal to deal as claimant failed to identify any market on which the defendant could conceivably be dominant (Chemistree Homecare / Abbvie)

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United Kingdom: interim injunctions in competition litigation* Private competition litigation is continuing to develop in the United Kingdom. The courts and the Competition Appeal Tribunal are seeing an increase in the number and complexity of follow-on damages actions, often between foreign (...)

Matthew O’Regan The England and Wales High Court grants interim injunction ordering defendant bank to continue providing financial services given threat of irreparable harm to claimants (Dahabshiil Transfer Services / Barclays Bank)

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United Kingdom: interim injunctions in competition litigation* Private competition litigation is continuing to develop in the United Kingdom. The courts and the Competition Appeal Tribunal are seeing an increase in the number and complexity of follow-on damages actions, often between foreign (...)

Matthew O’Regan The England and Wales High Court refuses interim injunction against the refusal to grant access to airport coach terminal even though arguable case of abuse made out as damages would be an adequate remedy if abuse established at trial (Arriva The Shires / London Luton Airport Operations)

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United Kingdom: interim injunctions in competition litigation* Private competition litigation is continuing to develop in the United Kingdom. The courts and the Competition Appeal Tribunal are seeing an increase in the number and complexity of follow-on damages actions, often between foreign (...)

Matthew O’Regan The UK Competition Commission prohibits a completed merger in the healthcare waste services industry requiring the divestment of the acquired business (Stericycle / Ecowaste Southwest)

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Competition Commission prohibition of completed merger a warning to companies that do not wait for UK merger clearance* Unlike in most countries, in the United Kingdom, the notification of mergers is voluntary and there is no waiting period that must expire before a merger can be completed. (...)

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